Following the success at the Kingston Green Guardian Awards, Transition Town Kingston has been judged the best green group in South London for its work in 2009.
Steering group members were in attendance at the awards ceremony at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Chelsea Harbour, on Friday 26th February to accept the award on behalf of TTK’s members.
Kingston award-winners Chris Hine, Paul Brandon and Shaun Chamberlin were also recognised in the Green Household, Green Concept and Green Champion categories respectively. The awards are sponsored by the Newsquest media group and by councils across the whole of South London, from Bexley in the east to Hounslow in the west, putting Kingston’s achievement impressively in context.
TTK founder member Majeed Neky said ‘We truly were not expecting to win. It’s difficult when you’re so involved to step back and think about what’s been achieved. More than anything so far I think we’ve brought together a lot of good work that’s going on and tried to shape it into a vision for Kingston. This award is for everyone who has given their time and energy to help out and we hope that both veteran and newly forming groups and projects make the most of the great publicity boost it’ll provide.’
Alongside a wooden trophy made from recycled materials and a commemorative framed newspaper article, part of the prize was two pairs of tickets to the Eden Project. TTK members have decided to contribute these as one of the prizes in a raffle to be drawn at the Big Launch Party at Kingston Working Men’s Club on Saturday 17th April – see www.ttkingston.org
Before the Big Launch, TTK’s next big project is the groundbreaking Our Kingston, Our Future workshops and documentary on March 20th and 21st, for which places are still available – see www.ourkingstonourfuture.org .
Before that there are two projects under the Think in Kingston banner. On Saturday 6th March from 1-4pm in the Market House, Market Place, it is ‘Seedy Saturday’ – bring your seeds to exchange or just turn up to pick up some seeds or talk to experienced people about growing your own food. On Wednesday 10th March from 7-9pm at C-SCAIPE, Kingston University, Penryhn Road, we ask ‘Can we buy our way out of climate change?’ with a short film, panel debate and discussion about offsetting and green consumerism. Both events are free and all are welcome.